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Edward Maurice Charles Marsan (born 9 June 1968) is an English actor. He won the London Film Critics Circle Award and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Happy-Go-Lucky in 2008.

Eddie Marsan
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Marsan in September 2009
Edward Maurice Charles Marsan

(1968-06-09) 9 June 1968 (age 51)
London, England
Years active1987–present
Janine Schneider
(m. 2002)

He has appeared in films such as Gangster No. 1 (2000), Ultimate Force (2002), V for Vendetta (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Sixty Six (2006), Hancock (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), War Horse (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Best of Men (2012), and The World's End (2013). He also appeared as Terry in Showtime's series Ray Donovan (2013), and as Mr. Norrell in the BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015).


Early lifeEdit

Edward Maurice Charles Marsan was born on 9 June 1968[1] in the Stepney district of London, to a working-class family; his father was a lorry driver and his mother was a school dinnerlady and teacher's assistant.[2][3] He was brought up in Bethnal Green and attended Raine's Foundation School.[4] He left school at 16 and initially served an apprenticeship as a printer, before beginning his career in theatre.[3] He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 1991, and went on to study under Sam Kogan[5] and the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which Marsan is now a patron.[6][7]


Marsan's first television appearance was in 1992, as a "yob", in the London Weekend Television series The Piglet Files. One of his more significant early television appearances was in the popular mid-1990s BBC sitcom Game On as a bungling bank robber. Marsan went on to have roles in Casualty, The Bill, Grass, Kavanagh QC, Grange Hill, Silent Witness, Ultimate Force, Southcliffe, and more. He also voiced the Manticore in the Merlin episode "Love in the Time of Dragons".[citation needed]

In 2012, he played Dr Ludwig Guttmann in the television film The Best of Men. He portrays Terry Donovan, brother to the lead character in Showtime's drama series Ray Donovan. In May 2015, Marsan appeared as the practical magician Gilbert Norrell in the BBC period drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.[citation needed]

Marsan has appeared in numerous and varied film roles, as the main villain in the 2008 superhero film Hancock alongside Will Smith and as Inspector Lestrade in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. His other films include Sixty Six, Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, The Illusionist, V for Vendetta, Gangster No. 1, Miami Vice, Mission: Impossible III, I Want Candy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Tyrannosaur, and Heartless.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Marsan married make-up artist Janine Schneider in 2002. They have four children.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Get Well Soon Brian Clapton
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Mugger No. 1
1999 The Vice Rhys
1999 This Year's Love Eddie
1999 Janice Beard 45 WPM Mr. Tense
2000 Gangster No. 1 Eddie Miller
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Louis Marchand
2001 The Bunker Pfc Kreuzmann
2001 The Monkey King Pigsy
2002 Gangs of New York Killoran
2002 Ultimate Force Bank Robber
2003 AfterLife Jez Walters
2003 21 Grams Reverend John
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion Titus Oates
2004 The Rocket Post Heinz Dombrowsky
2004 Vera Drake Reg
2005 The Secret Life of Words Victor
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Father Brendan
2005 The New World Eddie
2005 V for Vendetta Brian Etheridge
2005 The Headsman Fabio
2006 Mission: Impossible III Brownway
2006 Miami Vice Nicholas
2006 Sixty Six Manny Reuben
2006 The Illusionist Josef Fischer
2006 Pierrepoint James 'Tish' Corbitt
2007 I Want Candy Doug Perry
2007 Grow Your Own Little John
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Scott
2008 Hancock Red Parker
2008 God on Trial Lieble
2008 Me and Orson Welles John Houseman
2008 Little Dorrit Pancks
2008 The 39 Steps Scudder
2008 Faintheart Richard
2009 Red Riding Jack Whitehead
2009 Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade
2009 The Disappearance of Alice Creed Vic
2009 Criminal Justice Saul
2009 Heartless Weapons man
2010 London Boulevard DI Bailey
2011 Junkhearts Frank
2011 Law and Order: UK Jason Peters
2011 Moby Dick Stubb
2011 Tyrannosaur James
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Inspector Lestrade
2011 War Horse Sgt Fry
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Duir
2012 I, Anna DI Kevin Franks
2012 The Best of Men Dr. Ludwig Guttmann
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Crawe
2013–present Ray Donovan Terry Donovan
2013 The World's End[10] Peter Page
2013 Southcliffe Andrew Salter
2013 Filth Bladesey
2013 Still Life John May
2014 God's Pocket Smilin' Jack Moran
2014 X+Y or A Brilliant Young Mind (US version) Richard
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Mr Norrell
2015 Concussion Dr. Steven DeKosky
2015 River Thomas Neill Cream
2015–present Hunted Narrator
2016 Galavant Death
2016 Their Finest Sammy Smith
2016 The Exception Heinrich Himmler
2016 The Limehouse Golem Uncle
2017 Atomic Blonde Spyglass
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Agency Man
2018 Entebbe Shimon Peres
2018 Deadpool 2 The Headmaster
2018 White Boy Rick Art Derrick
2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Vihaan
(voice and motion-capture)
2018 Vice Paul Wolfowitz
2019 The Professor and the Madman Muncie
2019 Hobbs & Shaw[11] Professor Andreiko
2019 Abigail Abigail's father
TBA Flag Day Filming

Awards and nominationsEdit

Marsan won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Happy-Go-Lucky. Marsan also won the latter for his performance in Vera Drake.

For his performance in Happy-Go-Lucky, Marsan also earned other nominations, such as the Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Women Film Journalists Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2014, Marsan earned the Best British Actor award at the 2014 Edinburgh International film festival and the Best Actor award at the VOICES film festival in Vologda, Russia, for his performance in Still Life.[12]


  1. ^ "Eddie Marsan". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ Simon, Alex (8 December 2008). "Eddie Marsan Keeps It Real". The Hollywood Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Ella (7 January 2009). "Happy-Go-Lucky: Driver's Eddie". LA Weekly. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  4. ^ "December Reunion" (PDF). Old Raineians Newsletter: 3. April 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ Kogan, Sam (2010). Kogan, Helen (ed.). The Science of Acting. UK, USA and Canada: Routledge. Back cover. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9.
  6. ^ "Patrons". Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ Prospectus. The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing. 2007. p. 4.
  8. ^ Miska, Brad (3 February 2010). "Trailer for Lionsgate UK's Mass Release 'Heartless'". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  9. ^ Anderson, John (4 August 2010). "A Go-to Actor for 'That Guy' Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  10. ^ Hewitt, Chris (28 September 2012). "Martin Freeman joins 'The World's End' along with Eddie Marsan". Empire. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (4 October 2018). "Eddie Marsan Along For The Ride In 'Fast & Furious' Spin-off 'Hobbs And Shaw'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  12. ^ Abraham, Jugu (19 December 2013). "156. Italian filmmaker Uberto Pasolini's English film "Still Life" (2013) (UK/Italy): Quietly amazing and powerful cinema". Movies Sans Frontiers. Retrieved 29 April 2018.

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